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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2012

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR (IBWOY) AWARDS

Award recognizes women making significant contributions to international trade and business in South Florida

Miami, FL, July 2, 2012--To commemorate international businesswomen who have made significant contributions to international trade and business in South Florida, the local chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-South Florida), part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, will host the International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards November 15 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, FL.

At the IBWOY Awards, more than 200 South Florida international business leaders, including past award winners, will gather to pay tribute to honorees in three categories including large company, small- to medium-sized company and service awards.

To register to attend the 2012 OWIT IBWOY Awards, click here.

If you know a South Florida woman who’s professional or community activities promote international business or mentor other women engaged in international business, nominate her for an IBWOY Award by clicking here.

In celebration of National Scholarship Month, the IBWOY Awards hosts a silent auction to raise money for scholarships for women pursuing degrees in international business at local South Florida universities.  In 2011, more than $4,000 was raised from plane tickets, jewelry, hotel stays and other prizes donated by generous OWIT supporters.  To donate to the silent auction, click here.

The OWIT IBWOY Awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors which in the past have included Avianca, Association of Floral Importers, Citibank, Diageo, Home Financing Center, Intermedia, Morgan Stanley, TotalBank and UPS. Benefits of sponsorship include brand visibility in marketing materials, product or service promotions at the event venue, complimentary registrations and much more. To promote your company or brand to more than 200 women decision-makers in South Florida, click here.

About OWIT

Founded in 1989, the Organization of Women in International Trade (www.owit.org) is a voluntary, non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women by providing networking and educational opportunities. It has over 2,000 members united in 20 affiliate chapters worldwide.

Established in 1993, OWIT South Florida, formerly known as WIT-Miami, was voted OWIT’s 2011 Chapter of the Year and then-president Jennifer Diaz OWIT’s 2011 Member of the Year. 

Organization of Women in International Trade
United Around the Globe to Foster International Trade and the Advancement of
Women in Business 

To connect with OWIT South Florida, click on the links below:

 Contact:
Pat McLeod
OWIT South Florida
100 Miracle Mile, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33134
305.971.2880

 

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 OWIT South Florida Announces Winners of the

2011 International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards

 Grants first International Lifetime Service Award in the 10-year history of IBWOY

MIAMI, FL -- October 26, 2011 - The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – South Florida Chapter, which is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, today announced the winners of the 10th Annual International Business Woman of the Year Awards (IBWOY). A luncheon to recognize this year’s winners will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 11am – 2pm  at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Florida.

The IBWOY Awards recognize outstanding women in the South Florida community in three categories for the role they play as trade advocates and for fostering opportunities for women in international trade.  An independent panel of judges selected this year’s IBWOY Award winners for the following categories:

Large Company: Romaine Seguin, UPS Americas

Small/Medium Company: Joan Levien Robertson, Robertson Forwarding Company, Inc.

 Service Provider:  Barbara Pimentel, Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, Inc.

Additionally, to commemorate IBWOY’s 10th anniversary, a special International Lifetime Service Award will be given to Linda Santucci,  Senior International Trade Specialist, Miami U.S. Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce for her more than 43 years of service and contributions to the development of international trade in the South Florida community. 

"We are very proud to honor these four outstanding women at this year's IBWOY Awards.  Their professional and community activities are exemplary and they embody what OWIT-South Florida promotes: leadership, international trade and the advancement of women in the field.  On behalf of OWIT-South Florida, we congratulate you" said Jennifer Diaz, president of OWIT-South Florida and Customs and International Trade Attorney at Becker & Poliakoff."

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Cynthia Hudson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S and Marian de la Fuente, News Anchor and TV Host, as mistress of ceremony.

The OWIT IBWOY Awards event is possible thanks to our planning committee and the generosity of this year's main sponsors CH Robinson Worldwide Inc, Home Financing Center, Robertson Forwarding Co., TotalBank and UPS; our In-kind sponsors Casa Vinicola Zonin, Dan Perez Films, Indigo Events, Logos PR, MAS Graphics, Miamidutch.com SilverPulp.com; and our table sponsors Astigarraga Davis, Beacon Council, Becker-Poliakoff, Business Wire, Canadian Consulate, Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Florida International University, Intelsat, Mercedes Electric, Otto Busot MSSB, University of Miami, UPS and the World Trade Center.

Register to attend the 2011 IBWOY Awards today! 

About OWIT-South Florida (www.owit-southflorida.com):

Established in 1993, the Organization of Women in International Trade – South Florida (OWIT-South Florida), is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women. It provides networking and professional development opportunities, with particular emphasis on women working in all facets of international trade.  It is one of over 40 chapters of the global Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), which has over 5,200 members worldwide.

Connect with OWIT-South Florida:

OWIT South Florida Chapter Website
OWIT South Florida Facebook
OWIT South Florida Linkedin Group

Media contact: 

Silvia Prado
Logos PR
sprado@logos-pr.com
(305) 505-4793

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 OWIT South Florida Announces Winners of the

2010 International Business Woman of the Year Awards

 

Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami President and 2010 Nelson Mandela Award Winner to deliver keynote address

MIAMI, FL -- (Logos PR - October 18, 2010) -

The IBWOY Awards recognize outstanding women in the South Florida community in three categories for the role they play as trade advocates and for fostering opportunities in international trade.  The winners of the 2010 IBWOY Awards by category are:

 

Large Company:  Carmen González-Sanfeliu, VP Latin America and the Caribbean for Intelsat, Ltd.

 Small/Medium Size Company: Patricia Hernandez, Partner, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

 Service:  Pamela Fuertes, VP International Development Programs for the Beacon Council

 

"We are very proud to honor these three outstanding women as this year's IBWOY Award Winners for their considerable contributions to the South Florida community and as women leaders in the international trade community.  Their professional and community activities are exemplary and they embody what OWIT-South Florida promotes, leadership and the promotion of women in the field of international trade.  On behalf of OWIT-South Florida, we congratulate them," said Jennifer Diaz, president of OWIT-South Florida."

 

 This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami President, who was recently honored with the 2010 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. Shalala will address over 200 attendees on "The Timeless Nature of the International Business Woman”.  The event will also count with the participation of Pamela S. Conde, Univision Television Group, Noticias 23 news anchor and acclaimed journalist, as mistress of ceremony. 

 

 “I am honored to be part of such a great undertaking that not only strives to recognize great achievements by women in our community, but that invests in education and the future development of female leaders in the international business arena through the IBWOY scholarships. I look forward to personally congratulating the three winners of the 2010 IBWOY Awards,” added Shalala.

 

 In addition to honoring this year’s winners, a silent auction will be held during the event with items such as four round-trip airfares courtesy of Avianca and Express Travel, gourmet dinner for 20 by Chef to Go, Dwayne Wade autographed basketball and 2-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, among many others! Proceeds from the silent auction will fund one or more scholarships for women pursuing a degree in International Business. Individuals or companies interested in donating and showcasing a product or service at the auction can contact Jennifer Diaz at 305-260-1053 ,  jdiaz@becker-poliakoff.com  or Deirdre Nero at (786) 368-8680,dnero@neroimmigration.com.

 

 The OWIT IBWOY Awards event is possible thanks to the generosity of this year's main sponsors which include: Citibank, Home Financing Center, Intelsat, The Busot Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, TotalBank and UPS.  In-kind sponsors include: International Wine & Spirits, K&A Graphic Designs, Logos PR and SilverPulp.com.

 

 To register to attend the 2010 IBWOY Awards, visit www.owit-southflorida.org. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deborah Stern at 305-913-8667,  dstern@strtrade.com.

 

About OWIT-South Florida (www.owit-southflorida.com):

Established in 1993, the Organization of Women in International Trade – South Florida (OWIT-South Florida) - formerly known as WIT-Miami, is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women. It provides networking and professional development opportunities, with particular emphasis on women working in all facets of international trade.  It is one of over 40 chapters of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), which has 5,200 members worldwide. 

 

Connect with OWIT South Florida Chapter:

OWIT South Florida Chapter Website

OWIT South Florida Facebook

OWIT South Florida Linkedin Group

 

Media Contact:

Silvia Prado – LOGOSPR

sprado@logos-pr.com

(305) 505-4793

 

 

OWIT South Florida Calls for Nominations for the

2010 International Business Woman of the Year Awards (IBWOY)

 In the heels of growth - is your company running on flats or 4-inch stilettos?


MIAMI, FL -- (LogosPR - September 8, 2010) - 
The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – South Florida Chapter, which is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, is on the search for nominations for the 9th Annual 2010 IBWOY Awards.

The IBWOY Awards, now in its 9th consecutive year, recognizes outstanding women in the South Florida community for the role they play as trade advocates and for fostering opportunities in international trade and business in South Florida through their professional and/or community activities. This year’s Award will honor three women for their achievements in the following award categories: Large Company, Small to Medium sized Company and Service Award. 

Entries for the 9th Annual International Business Woman of the Year (IBWOY) Awards are now being accepted.  All women engaged in international business activities or activities that help promote or mentor other women in the international business arena within the State of Floridaare eligible to be nominated.  People interested in nominating a deserving candidate, can fill out the 2010 IBWOY Awards Nomination Form and submit the completed application to Lexi Segre atlexi@brand-blaze.com before September 24, 2010!

Last year’s IBWOY Awards gathered over 200 people who united to recognize Martha Clark, Adobe Systems, Inc., Carolina Rendeiro, Business Centers International, and Liane Ventura, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding work in the international community. This year’s event promises to be just as exciting, starting with the keynote address by Donna E. Shalala, University of Miam President and former Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The 2010 IBWOY Awards will be hosted on November 2, 2010 at the Intercontinental Doral Hotel. Registration is now open and sponsorships are available for interested companies by visiting us at www.owit-southflorida.com.

About OWIT South Florida:

Established in 1993, The Organization of Women in International Trade – South Florida (OWIT South Florida) - formerly known as WIT-Miami, is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women. It provides networking and professional development opportunities, with particular emphasis on women working in all facets of international trade.  It is one of over 40 chapters of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), which has 5,200 members worldwide. 

Connect with OWIT South Florida Chapter:

 

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8TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS DELIVERS BRILLIANTLY
OWIT South Florida’s Spotlight on Businesswomen and Breast Cancer Strikes a Common Cord
 
 

Miami, Florida, November 16, 2009 – OWIT South Florida delivered brilliantly at last Thursday’s luncheon and awards ceremony. The largely women-led organization aimed to focus the 8th annual awards event on “being a survivor” and topped the goal by putting together an event that gave the largely female audience tangible techniques and the wherewithal to “not just be a survivor, but to thrive.”

The outstanding event was held at the Banker’s Club in downtown Miami. The keynote speaker, Alexandra Villoch, the Senior Vice President of Advertising and Marketing at the Miami Herald Media Company, and a breast cancer survivor herself, underscored the genuine challenges of overcoming this disease as a mother, a woman, and a businesswoman.  Her message was hopeful, eloquent, and motivating.

“Death close up and personal--- guess what – it’s okay – it helps frame your life – helps you let go and focus on the essentials… you don’t sweat the small stuff.. and it’s really all small stuff in comparison – so in hindsight – going through this taught me a lot – and gave me key skills for surviving anything!” Alexandra shared with the nearly 150 attendees. She also connected to the overriding economic concerns and trials most everyone is facing.


The Organization of Women in International Trade’s South Florida Chapter (OWIT South Florida) has been the steam engine behind this important business event for eight consecutive years. This year’s awards luncheon honored 4 distinguished women - the late Bunny Schreiber for her commitment to international trade; Carolina Rendiero of Business Centers for outstanding performance and service in the Small/Medium Business Category, Marta Clark of Adobe Systems for her leadership in the Large Business category and, Liane Ventura of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for the Service Category.

 

OWIT South Florida teamed up with the Susan. B. Komen Foundation and offered event proceeds to this organization tirelessly looking for cures for breast cancer.

          
“It’s so humbling for all of us at OWIT South Florida to be in the presence of so many incredible business women and men and to see the fruits of our labor year in and year out at this event,” stated Deborah Stern, President of OWIT South Florida and attorney in the Import & Export Practice Group at Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A. “And today’s resounding message of surviving and thriving through these times was timely and connected to all of us, “she added. 

 

Conference Sets Stage For International Business Women Seeking Alliances

Miami, FL – A dozen accomplished businesswomen from emerging markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America will be special guests at an international trade conference in Miami October 10-12 and they will be seeking to establish alliances with North American companies and organizations. The women – who range from business owners to representatives of women’s business organizations and even government–, will be attending the 16th Annual Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) World Conference.

“This represents a truly unique opportunity for businesses in the South Florida area, and for all delegates at the conference, to establish global linkages with some truly amazing women,” says Helen Picard, President of WIT-Miami, the conference host chapter. “We are looking forward to facilitating meaningful conversations and business opportunities.”

“Thanks to the funding from CIDA and the partnership with TFOC, we will have this exciting delegation at the conference to enhance cross-border exchanges that can open new markets. It is particularly fitting since the theme of this year’s conference is Emerging Markets: The Road Ahead for Finance, Business and Trade. The delegates will also provide input into the APEC Women Leaders Network meeting that will take place in Peru next year.”

Among the other highlights of the conference, which brings together entrepreneurs and executives involved in all aspects of international trade, will be keynote presentations by Ambassador Susan Schwab, United States Trade Representative and Canada’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Helena Guergis, as well as a fireside chat with Forbes 100 representatives, including Maureen Kempston Darkes, President of GM LAAM. A roster of high-level speakers covering both policy and practical aspects of trade, from supply chain security to microcredit and entrepreneurship, will complement the program.

The conference will be held at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa from October 10-12. Registration:www.owit.org.

About OWIT
The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities and the advancement of women in business. OWIT has over 3,000 members in chapters throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. www.owit.org

About CIDA
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance. It has a mandate to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world. www.acdi-cida.gc.ca

About TFOC
The Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFOC) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides information on and linkages to the Canadian import market and a source of training for exporting and for investment attraction for developing and transition economy countries. Since 2004 TFOC – jointly with the International Trade Centre (UN/WTO), ACCESS! for African Businesswomen in International Trade – has been implementing a trade training/mentoring/on-line information program that is currently in place in over 10 African countries and offered in four languages.www.tfoc.ca

 

6th Annual International Business Woman of the Year Award  

MIAMI – November 6, 2006  – The Miami Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (WIT-Miami) honored the winners of its sixth annual INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS at an elegant luncheon event on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at The Colonnade Hotel in Coral Gables.

Honorees included Diane Sanchez, Vice President of Telefonica in the category of Large Company, Mercedes La Porta, Owner of Mercedes Electric Supply in the category of Small & Medium-sized Company, and Margaret Cullen, Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate in Miami in the category of Representing Companies in the Services category.  These accomplished proffesionals were recognized for the role they play in enhancing international trade and business through their professional, and/or community activities and/or who have mentored other women in Florida’s community.

“Each of the winners made a significant contribution both towards promoting Miami as a center for trade and towards inspiring other women in the business community”, said Donna Hrinak, director of corporate and legal affairs for Kraft Latin America and a judge for the awards.

The event was attended by members of the International and South Florida business communities many of which are also members of WIT-Miami. 

“I was very impressed because I know women who are participants in this organization are really professionals,” said Diane Sanchez, VP of Telefonica and winner in the Large Business Category, “They’re accomplished in their own right, and I thought it was really neat to be recognized by a group of women that I respect.”

Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, the Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami served as keynote speaker and received the first WIT-Miami Ambassador Award for her work in promoting Miami as an international business center.

 Finalists for the International Business Woman of the Year awards are chosen from many candidates who submitted applications or for whom applications were submitted.  A panel of independent judges reviews the submissions and votes for the winners in each category. 

About WIT-Miami
Established in 1993, WIT-Miami is a networking and educational organization that promotes women in international trade and commerce - www.owit-southflorida.org .  It is one of 40 chapters of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), which has 5,200 members worldwide. 

Proceeds from the awards luncheon are used to fund scholarships for women studying international business at a South Florida university.

WIT-MIAMI AWARDS MIAMI'S 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN OF THE YEAR WINNERS REVEALED AT WIT-MIAMI's AWARD CEREMONY

MIAMI – November 14, 2005 – The Miami Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (WIT-Miami) held its fifth annual INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS last Wednesday at the Omni Colonnade in Coral Gables to recognize outstanding women in the Miami community for the role they play in enhancing international trade and business in South Florida through their professional, and/or community activities. The winners and finalists in each of three categories were:

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LARGE COMPANY (over 200 employees):
Winner: Maureen Kempston Darkes, President Latin America, 
              Africa and Middle East Region, General Motors Corporation
Finalist: Suzanne Garber, Managing Director, FedEx Express
Finalist: Deborah L. Natansohn, President and COO, Seabourn Cruise Line
 

SMALL TO MEDIUM COMPANY (200 employees or less):
Winner: Evelyn D’An, President, D’An Financial Services
Finalist: Patricia M. Alvarez, President, Intermarket Corp.
Finalist: Cynthia R. Cohen, President, Strategic Mindshare
 

SERVICE PROVIDER (any size):
Winner: Donna J. Hrinak, Senior Counselor for Trade & Government Affairs, 
              Squire Sanders & Dempsey (incorporating Steel Hector & Davis) Finalist: Nancy Cely-Icaza, Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in Miami, CORPEI Miami
Finalist: Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Founder & Curator, Diaspora Vibe Gallery

Ileana Bravo of Ileana Bravo Productions, Inc. was Mistress of Ceremonies and Lettie Bien, President and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce was the Keynote Speaker. Ms. Bien spoke of the major challenges in the privatization of state-owned enterprises and provided examples from her own experiences in Iraq. Ms. Bien, an Army Reserve Colonel and civil affairs specialist, recently returned from a one-year deployment where she served as Senior Advisor/Senior Consultant to the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Minerals in Baghdad.

Proceeds from this annual event go to fund scholarships awarded to women studying international business at a South Florida university.

 

 

WIT-MIAMI AWARDS MIAMI'S 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSWOMEN OF THE YEAR

MIAMI – November 17, 2004 – The Miami Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (WIT-Miami) held its fourth annual INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS last week (Nov. 10th) at the Omni Colonnade in Coral Gables to recognize outstanding women in the Miami community for the role they play in enhancing international trade and business in South Florida through their professional, and/or community activities.  The winners and finalists in each of three categories were:

LARGE COMPANY (over 200 employees):

Winner:  Ana Guevara, Vice President, Corporate Affairs for the Americas, United Parcel Service

Finalist:  Klaudia Bermudez-Key, General Manager and VP, Latin America, Sony Pictures Television Intl
Finalist:  Beatrice Rangel, President and CEO, AMLA Consulting

SMALL TO MEDIUM COMPANY (200 employees or less):

Winner:  Carole Ann Taylor, President, Miami to Go, Inc. and Little Havana To Go, LLC
 

Finalist:  Monique Hamaty-SimmondsPresident, Tortuga Rum Cake Company
Finalist:  Genie Medina Milgrom, Vice President, Farma International

SERVICE PROVIDER (any size):

Winner:  Irene Marie, President, Irene Marie Management Group
 

Finalist:  Betsy S. AtkinsPresident & CEO, Baja, LLC
Finalist:  Elba Hentschel, Regional Executive Director, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

The members of the WIT Board also presented a special award to one of their own, Lisa Landy, an attorney and shareholder with Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson P.A., for her leadership, vision, and many contributions to WIT-Miami and to the community.  Jill Beach of Jill Beach Productions, Inc. was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Angela Gittens, Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and Miami International Airport presented an engaging Keynote Address.  Ms. Gittens described the impact of this key strategic asset on the local economy, and highlighted present and future challenges and opportunities.  Last year, proceeds from the event funded two scholarships awarded to two women attending Barry University’s international business program.

WIT-MIAMI is a networking and informational organization established in 1993 to promote international trade and commerce. It Is one of 40 chapters in the Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) who has 5,200 members worldwide. 

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – South Florida Chapter, which is part of a worldwide organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women, today announced the winners for the 9th Annual International Business Woman of the Year Awards (IBWOY). A luncheon to recognize this year’s winners will take place on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 from 11am – 2pm  at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral, Florida.